Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders in London


London celebrates the NFL

Madeline Hippeard, Reporter

On October 6, 2019, the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders met at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, for an exciting game of football. The Raiders had a 17-0 lead at halftime, but in the third quarter the Bears managed to get three touchdowns, overcoming the Raiders 21-17. In the fourth quarter the only touchdown scored was by the Raiders, giving them the win, 24-21.

But why does the NFL regularly send teams to London to play? Why not just let them stay in the US to play? The answer is simple; to establish a presence in other countries. If the NFL wants to establish a presence in other countries, why don’t they just permanently place a team in London? First, this would be extremely expensive, considering every week a team must fly to London or the London based team must fly to the US. Second, the NFL would have to either move a team to London, which would understandably anger the current teams, or create a whole new team, which would be expensive and most likely create problems with the draft and trading players.

The NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, constantly teases a possible London team, but has neither confirmed nor denied whether a London team will happen. Certainly, a new team would cause controversy but is the controversy worth all the possible money the organization would make? Nevertheless, NFL games in London are a good way to establish a presence in other countries, but also create many rumors in the football world.